ALBUM of the WEEK Joshua Redman, Come What May, Nonesuch
It has been quite a while since this Joshua Redman Quartet configuration has issued an album, some 20 years or so in fact since Redman last teamed up with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson in the easy mainstream space that Redman has virtually made his own over the years.
Full of bittersweet elegiac melody this lands if you like right in the middle stylistically of where jazz is these days, neither smooth nor full of extravagant avant garde gesture. Redman brings with him nonetheless an encyclopedia of saxophone prowess and in some ways nothing really has changed since we were introduced to him back in the 1990s.
Full of original tunes there is plenty here for newcomers to jazz and old hands alike. For sure one thing that Redman never forgets is how to shape a melody and draw on his emotional side and with this band manages to underline his key approach so convincingly once again.
Photo: Arne Reimer
TRACK of the DAY Lionel Trilling by Nate Wooley
22 February sees the release of this new Northern Spy records out-there experimental album by Oregon-raised Nate Wooley.
The album takes its name from a Rocky Mountains ice field in Canada.
With the trumpeter-composer are Mary Halvorson on guitar, Susan Alcorn on pedal steel, and Ryan Sawyer on drums.
The pre-order track you can listen to above has a stark and agile fluency to it, a plangent mood effortlessly summoned and sustained.